The number of people signing on the Live Register fell by 2,600 (0.7 per cent) last month as conditions in the labour market continue to improve. Figu(...)

AIB, along with rival Bank of Ireland, is channelling some €400 millions of funds into the SME sector via the SBCI

SMEs have long complained about how difficult it is to access finance, something the Government belatedly acknowledged when it established the Strateg(...)

19/02/2015 BUSINESS FINANCE NEWS POLITICS Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the SBCI funding for SMEs, at The Liffey Trust, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish firms gave the Government a positive satisfaction rating for the first time since the crash, according to a survey by Isme, the Irish Small and (...)

Catch it while you can but most pay rises will likely be small and hard won

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks as though pay rises are finally back on the agenda. With most workers having seen a substantial drop in liv(...)

The survey shows that SMEs are keen to access funding from the new State-backed Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI)

SMEs are finding it easier to access credit but many face long delays in getting loan approvals, according to a new study.The latest Isme quarterly ba(...)

Small Firms Association director Patricia Callan says “small firms have now moved from survival mode, to focusing on how they can grow their market share”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two-thirds of small firms are optimistic of growing this year, with just 6 per cent reporting continuing retrenchment in their business, according t(...)

Enda Kenny describes online retail giant Amazon as ‘the embodiment of the business of tomorrow’. Photograph: Eric Luke

’Tis the season of shopping and one retailer, hailed as “the embodiment of the business of tomorrow” is cleaning up once again, with a little help (...)

Mark Fielding of Isme called for the Government to amend the legislation. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland’s prompt-payment legislation has failed according to Isme, and stronger legislation needs to be introduced. The Isme Credit Watch Survey has f(...)

 Peter Faulkner at an  ISME  press briefing in 1998.  PHOTOGRAPH: FRANK MILLER

The demise of Faulkner Export Packaging, which has been run by five generations of the same family since its foundation 150 years ago, is a salient re(...)

John Moran, outgoing secretary general of the Department of Finance. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish companies should be born and killed at a greater frequency if Ireland is to become a truly entrepreneurial culture, the outgoing secretary ge(...)